Creation: The Origin of Life / The Future of Life Hardcover – 4 Apr 2013
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A superbly written explanation of how the origin of life on Earth became a question for science, and what the answer might be (Brian Cox)
One of the most eloquent and genuinely thoughtful books on science over the past decade ... You will not find a better, more balanced or up-to-date take on either the origin of life or synthetic biology ... Essential reading for anyone interested in the coming revolution, which could indeed rival the Industrial Revolution or the internet (Nick Lane Observer)
Prepare to be astounded. There are moments when this book is so gripping it reads like a thriller. Fascinating (Mail on Sunday)
This is a quite delightful two books in one. It is becoming increasingly clear that the 21st is the century of biology. This book is the perfect "story so far" (Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox)
An engaging account of both the mystery of life's origin and its impending resolution, as well as a fascinating glimpse of the impending birth of a new, synthetic biology (Matt Ridley, author of Genome)
A witty, engaging and eye-opening explanation of the basic units of life, right back to our common ancestors and on to their incredible synthetic future. The mark of a really good science book, it shows that the questions we still have are just as exciting as the answers we already know (Dara O Briain)
In this book of two halves, Rutherford tells the epic history of life on earth, and eloquently argues the case for embracing technology which allows us to become biological designers (Alice Roberts)
The perfect primer on the past and future of DNA ... Rutherford tells his stories with great brio and a disarming line in personal commentary (Guardian)
I warmly recommend Creation. Rutherford's academic background in genetics gives him a firm grasp of the intricacies of biochemistry - and he translates these superbly into clear English (Financial Times)
Fascinating ... The extraordinary science and his argument are worth every reader's scrutiny (Sunday Telegraph)
About the Author
Dr Adam Rutherford is a geneticist, writer and broadcaster, whose work includes the award-winning series The Cell (BBC4), The Gene Code (BBC4), Horizon: 'Playing God' (BBC2) as well as numerous programmes for BBC Radio 4. He is an editor at the science journal Nature, writes for the Guardian and has given numerous prestigious lectures, as well as appearing in the 'Uncaged Monkeys' tour.
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Although we will never find fossils to prove it, the book explains how the process could have worked - reducing it to something perfectly possible, not requiring the supernatural.